Making Healthy Choices that Improve Financial & Physical Fitness

Are you making healthy choices in your life?

making healthy choices If you’re like me, you probably improve in one area for a while and then regress.  Then, you try to pick up the slack in another area only to regress again.  It’s a vicious cycle.

And, dammit, it’s down right annoying and frustrating.  Why is it that we can work our butts off to lose 10 pounds for a weeks on end … only to put it all back on over a holiday weekend with the family?

It’s questions like this that plague us with over fitness levels.  But, it’s not just our physical health that suffers.  We need to be making healthy choices in other areas of our lives like our finances, the food we put into our bodies, and even the fun we have that allows us to escape our work lives.

This is why I’m glad I had the privilege to speak with Amy from Life Zemplified.  She’s dealt with these issues in her own life and has empowered others in making healthy choices on a daily basis.

Amy was kind enough to answer some of my questions and I’m sharing those with you below.  As you will see, Amy has a real passion for this and it comes across in her answers.  She shows us how making healthy choices in four key areas in our lives will help us maintain a healthy equilibrium.

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2017 Hershey Color Run Recap

As many of you know by now, I received an invitation to participate in the 2017 Hershey Color Run and received a free registration. It was a tremendous honor for me to run in an event representing Run The Money.  I am very blessed to have the opportunity.

2017 Hershey Color Run With that said, I hesitated to actually go and run it. A number of things factored into it.  The seasoned runner in me hated that the race wasn’t timed.  I get why they do it, but it just bothered me.

Another reason for my hesitation was that my parents were in town with us to take us to Hershey Park. They gave us season passes to take our son and they wanted to come with us this time.  We stayed at the Hershey Lodge from Friday to Saturday.  It actually worked out that the Color Run folks contacted me because we were going to be there anyway!

And, finally, I didn’t want my brand new Brooks Ravenna 8 shoes getting messed up with the powder they throw at you. I was worried about my iPhone and headphones as well.

In spite of my initial reservations, I am so glad I did it. Participating in the 2017 Hershey Color Run was easily one of the highlights of my running career. I mean that wholeheartedly.

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How to Start a Blog using WordPress and SiteGround

Do you want to start a blog using WordPress?  Have something you want to say and share with the world?

start a blog using WordPress Trust me, I understand.  That’s why I started Run The Money.  With the Internet and technology the way it is today, you can start a blog using WordPress and have it up and running in less than 30 minutes.

Sound like a plan?  Great!

There are 3 areas I’ll focus on with you today and that’s the following:

  1. Domain name
  2. Hosting company
  3. Blogging platform

We will keep things basic for all you blogging newbies and non-technical people.  Don’t get discouraged as you start a blog using WordPress because understanding the ins and outs takes some time.  You just have to be willing to learn and put in the time.

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Paying Off Debt: How Danielle Paid off Over $48,000 in Debt

Paying off debt is one of those subjects in personal finance and money matters that never seems to get old.  We’ve covered it a few times on Run The Money — both with my story and the stories of others like reader Jody.

paying off debt I think seeing or reading about others paying off debt has to do with people believing it’s possible for them after seeing somebody else do it first.  Kind of like the sub 4-minute mile.  Until Roger Bannister broke the 4-minute mark in 1954.  Then, other runners saw it as attainable and reached it themselves.

Let me tell you.  Paying off debt — no matter how large — is possible.

Enter Danielle from the personal finance blog, The Pennies We Saved.  She and her husband are in the process of paying off debt totaling $73,000.  So far, they’ve paid off over $48,000.  Not too bad!

She was kind enough to share her story with us and how she changed her life to get her finances under control.  Take it away, Danielle!

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Lessons from Dad: A Tribute to the Fathers that Shape Us

What lessons from dad have stuck with you into adulthood?  That’s the question I have for all of us today.

lessons from dadI realize that in today’s culture it’s acceptable to poke fun at fathers and men in general.  The idiot savant father figure is practically a staple in today’s American family sitcom.  Think Phil Dunphy from Modern Family or Tim Taylor from Home Improvement.

However, whether we realize it or not, the impact of our fathers and the lessons from dad shape us in a way we never truly understand until we’re parents ourselves.  How can we know what it’s like to raise a child when we’re still children?  You have to experience that and so many other things in life to “get” why your dad is the way he is.

So, allow me to explore that today with you.  After all, it’s important to discuss things that go beyond money and fitness.  Why?  Well, our understanding of and mindset behind these subjects are very much impacted by our parents’ behavior.

That’s why I believe it’s important to explore it.  And to do so, I’ll share with you some things that my father and father-in-law taught me.  Further, I’ll also give you a glimpse of what I’ve learned in the 20 months I’ve been a father.

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5 Reasons To Refinance Your Home That Every Homeowner Should Know

Hey RTM fans, thanks for stopping by today. I wanted to share this post with you below from the good folks at MyFinance. Going about the process to refinance your home is a big decision for anyone. My refinance your homewife and I did it twice at our previous house and there so many things to consider. I wanted to make sure everything was covered, so I want to share this post with you today. I believe you all will benefit tremendously from it. Let me know if you have any questions! Email me at RunTheMoneyBlog@gmail.com.

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Why Refinance Your Home?

Millions of Americans are refinancing their homes, but what are the reasons why? Hint: It’s actually less complicated than you’d think.

More and more people are refinancing their homes to solve their financial woes…but why? One reason is that refinancing saves homeowners an average of $4,264/year.In fact, just last year almost 2,000,000 people refinanced their homes to the tune of $749 billion. While many have already taken advantage of historically low rates, there are still 6.7 million homeowners that have yet to cash in on the potential savings.

You see, this opportunity was born out of the 2008 Housing Crisis. The Fed dropped rates to historical lows to fight off the recession and opened a window where many Americans could refinance and save. But recently the Fed has signaled interest rates are about to rise.

That’s why it’s important to see if you could benefit from refinancing, before it’s too late.

So, what should you do if you still haven’t refinanced?

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Family Finances: An Aussie Mom’s Take

family financesWe all have trouble maintaining the family finances.  Don’t we?  You never know when something unexpected will happen or what surprise bill will show up in the mail.

That’s why I stress the importance of budgeting, saving, and having that emergency fund.  And also doing whatever you can do to pay off debt and relieve yourself of that financial burden.

In that vain, I asked Zoe from TheMummyLife.com to give us some insight about how she handles her family finances.  She was kind enough to answer some of my questions and I look forward to inviting her back as a guest blogger.

So, now, coming to us all the way from Australia, here’s Zoe.  I trust you will find her advice helpful and hope it provides some insight for your own situation.

Discussing Family Finances with Zoe from The Mummy Life

Zoe, can you provide the readers a brief introduction of who you are?

My name is Zoe, I’m 26 and a first-time mum to a beautiful little girl. I live in Australia. My interests consist of helping others, savvy shopping & learning new things every day.

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Running Inspiration: 9 Twitter Accounts Runners Should Follow

running inspirationOne of the things I enjoy about running the community.  Runners are incredibly supportive of one another.  And social media is an endless source of running inspiration.

I included the 9 Twitter accounts below because they provide consistent content that promotes individual runners, the ups and downs of training and racing, and the running community at-large.  If you’re a runner, I believe they will give you the push you need to keep going when the training miles get long.

And if you aren’t a runner yet, but would like to be, use what these amazing people do as the inspiration to hit the pavement or trails.

Either way, make sure to follow all these Twitter accounts for the running inspiration you need.  When you’re done, lace up the shoes, get out there, and rack up the mileage!

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Looking for a Last Minute Graduation Gift? How about Stock?

I know what you’re thinking. What teenager graduating from high school or 20-something leaving college wants stock as a graduation gift?  It’s the last thing on their minds.  They just want to party and live it up.

graduation gift stockpileHowever, it’s the only gift I remember when I graduated high school back in 2002. Then, I worked for Sesame Place in Langhorne, PA.  I spent my summers as food cart guy, or as they misleadingly named the division – Culinary Operations.  I don’t know what else to call it, but we were not exactly dishing out French cuisine.

But, I digress.

Sesame Place is a children’s water and amusement park owned by Anheuser Busch. So, my parents purchased one share of stock with the ticker symbol: BUD.  The certificate of stock was very “official looking” and came in a frame with my name and graduation date at the bottom.  It still hangs in my childhood room to this day.

As I said, it was one of the more memorable gifts I ever received. My parents actually repeated the process with my brother, Jim, who got stock in MTV.  He was always a big music buff and loved playing the guitar in various garage bands.

With the giving spirit in mind, I want to introduce you to Stockpile. They were kind enough to reach out to me because they want to get their product in front of as many people as possible.  After checking them out and having a conversation with them, I agreed to share them with all of you.

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